Please give a warm welcome our next featured artist, Jie Deng! This is Jie’s first time participating in an Artist Lodge event. Jie is an exceptional artist specializing in concept art and storyboards for animation and graphic novels – and we’re very excited to have her in our WITH LOVE gallery!

How old are you?

What is the primary medium you work in?
Digital (photoshop and Procreate), watercolor, pen and ink.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Pen and Ink

What is your favorite subject matter?
I enjoy drawing people and food.

What art tools do you use, and do you have any tools or brands that you recommend?
One of my favorite brush pens is “Pentel Fude Brush Pen Fin”.

What sources would you recommend for artists that are interested in pursuing your art medium?
I would recommend reading “Framed INK- drawing and composition for visual storytelling.”

How and when did you start creating artwork?
I start drawing since I was in second grade. Until I decide to pursue this as my profession at high school, it was always my source medium for expressing myself.

Did you go to school for art?
YES, I graduated from the Academy of art university located in San Francisco in 2016.

If you could create anything in the world, what would you create?
I want to create a world where every kids has a nice childhood.

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
My goal is to make meaningful and emotional stories based on people’s relationships with each other. I hope people can be honest with each other, and be open-minded.

Can you tell us a bit about what you’re working on for this show? 
I’m working on an illustration piece present the memory of I was a kid watching The Muppet Show after school.

What is your favorite Jim Henson film/project/book/etc? 
“I Love My Elbows” is one of my favorite clips from Jim Henson. I remembered I was singing along with this song so many times and it annoyed my mother so badly.

If you could live in any Jim Henson universe, what would it be? 
I can’t decide, but I would love to become one of the puppy dancing next to Kermit.

Who is your favorite Jim Henson character? Why? 
Of course, my favorite Jim Henson’s character is Kermit the Frog, who doesn’t? He is cheerful and optimistic. I still have the Kermit doll at home with me since forever. It’s old but it’s part of my important memory.

Who would win in a battle, Jareth and his Goblin Army or The Muppets? 
The Muppets


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